Makati Mayor dismissed by Ombudsman

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, the son of Vice President Jejomar Binay—along with 19 other city officials — has been perpetually barred from government service by the Office of the Ombudsman over the alleged anomalous construction of the P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Building II.

The decision of the anti-graft body may signal the end of the Binay family’s decades long stranglehold on the city where the country’s main financial district is located.

Only a few hours before, Binay’s father, a declared candidate for President, had just launched his opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party in Cebu province.

Serious dishonesty

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the dismissal of Binay et al. from public service after they were found to be administratively liable for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty in the construction of the 11-story structure, described as “the most expensive parking building in the entire country.”

In a separate order, Morales meted out the same penalty on detained Masbate Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and 11 other government officials in connection with the alleged misuse of P112.3 million of Lanete’s pork barrel allotments when she was House representative from 2007 to 2009.